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2010-12

PAW PAW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #271

REGULAR BOARD OF EDUCATION MINUTES

December 20, 2010– 7:00 P.M.

Paw Paw High School Media Center

Paw Paw, Illinois

 

President David Lilja called the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education of Paw Paw Community Unit School District #271 to order at 7:02 P.M. on Monday, December 20, 2010. Those answering roll call were:  David Lilja, Becky Moorehead, Jason Penman, John Prentice, Steve Richey, and Daryl Rosenkrans. Absent was board member Rick Siemers.  Also present were Superintendent Robert Priest, Principal Chuck Schneider, Patty Torman, Mr. Brandon Harbecke, and Mr. Blake Strong, teachers at Paw Paw High School.

 

Steve Richey, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of November 15, 2010, as presented.  

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Becky Moorehead, seconded by Jason Penman, made a motion to approve the minutes of the Closed Session of November 20, 2010 as presented, with one correction.

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Consent Agenda Items:

 

Jason Penman, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda Items as presented:

A). Approval of the additions/corrections, as follows:

Ed.: $  280,523.75
OP/M: $    20,191.57   

Capital Imp. $        115.00

TRANS: $    15,444.60     

IMRF: $    10,481.64

  Tort: $         867.75                           

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TOTAL: $ 327,624.31

B). Approval of the Treasurer’s Report as submitted by Eunice Rogers, District Treasurer;

C). The Financial Reports as presented.

 

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Open Forum:  None

 

Items for Discussion:

 

Old Business 

Second Reading and Approval of Policies:  6:320, 7:285, 7:20, 7:180, and 7:190 –

The  Board has the copies and need to approve policies if there are no changes.

Principal’s Contract – CS

Superintendent’s Contract – CS

Approve Levy – Board has copies and if there are no changes to this levy, approve it tonight.  Mr. Priest explained there are no changes to the levy since the last board meeting, and once approved he will hand deliver them to DeKalb County and Lee County.  

 

John Prentice, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to approve the 2010 Tax Levy as presented.  

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Also included with the Levy was the referendum question asking the voters to change the rules governing the number of members that could be elected from any township.   This was voted down in a past election, but the board needs to get more information out to the voters so they are better informed of why the District is asking for the change.  It is getting harder and harder to find board members from the outlying townships as there are not a lot of people living in those townships who are interested.

 

Daryl Rosenkrans, seconded by Steve Richey, made a motion to approve the referendum question on at-large voting for Board Members on the April, 2011 ballot.

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Senior Trip – Mr. Schneider passed out the itinerary to Board Members,  with the secondpage the expenses that the Senior Class will incur during the trip.  The process has been slowed up because of expenses, with the possibility that a new senior may come the second semester.  The sponsors talked with all seniors and three options were given but this one was voted on by all of the senior class.  One senior opted not to go on this trip because of the destination, and arrangements have been made for the special needs student in the class.  The class needs to know if this trip will be approved at the December board meeting because of a deadline for reservations.    Board will consider this in Executive Session.

 

Resignation of Poms Coach – letter of resignation in Board Packet.

 

Facebook Account Request – Ashley Moore, counselor for Paw Paw Schools talked to Mr. Priest about setting up a Facebook account for information about services that students and parents can access.  It is being offered as a 30 day trial.  Mr. Priest thought it would be a good idea.  Students cannot write back to the counselor and it will be for informational purposes only.  All content will be approved.  Board will consider this in Executive Session.

 

 Home Schooled Student’s Participation in Sports – A girl who is home schooled would like to participate in the Jr. High Girls Basketball program.  There are certain IHSA rules that must be followed besides the District’s rules on eligibility.  There is also the issue of insurance, as the student would not be covered under the District’s insurance.  Girl’s basketball starts January 5, 2011.  The Board will have to act on this at the December meeting.

 

Approve Application for Lighting Grant - The Board needs to approve the application for this grant.  The architect has been contacted regarding new lighting in the high school gym.  These would be energy improvement lights offered by the State of Illinois and the high school’s gym would qualify. 

Mr. Priest stated that right now all we would do is apply for the grant it doesn’t mean we have to do it.  This would improve the lighting in the gym the lights would go on right away, instead of waiting for them to come on slowly.  This would be a win-win situation for the District if approved.

 Discuss Stage Lighting – We are getting bids on the proposed stage lighting.  The company met with Mr. Schneider and Ms. Werbiansky and they explained what they wanted.  We will use the money in the Memorial Fund and then supplement it with district funds.  This was discussed with the Memorial Fund committee and it was agreed that the money in the fund be used for this purpose since students, staff and community all use these lights or see them at plays and concerts.

 Graduation Concerns – Closed Session

Discipline Report – There were a couple of parent/student conferences this past month.      Hopefully, the problems of student discipline were ironed out.  Otherwise, the report in the Board packet was very similar to the month before.

 

Principal’s Report:  

 

Mr. Schneider complemented the music teachers for their winter concerts. They were well attended and the students did a great job.  He is currently working with curriculum mapping, including Reading and Spanish.  Also, kudos to the Cheerleading Squad for their 1st place trophy they were awarded in their recent competition.

 

Superintendent’s Report:

 

Mr. Priest informed the Board that he received a request from the Paw Paw Teacher’s Association to start negotiations in February of 2011.  Board members David Lilja and Becky Moorehead agreed to be the Board Representatives for the negotiations.

Also, H/L/S reports are in signature file for Board President and Secretary to sign.  These are HLS items that have been completed in the past.

 

 Committees

Education – Committee did meet, reviewed English and Reading classes and their preparedness for the PSAE tests coming up.  Mr. Harbecke is working on a Spanish Assessment tests to be given the second semester.  The next meeting is scheduled for January 10th, at 5:30 p.m. 

Athletics – Committee did meet, discussed the cheerleading squad and their recent 1st place.  They were the only squad in that division, co-ed squad limits who can participate.  Also discussed was chain of command that athletes and parents should follow, they should start with the coaches.  The committee also discussed the volleyball coaching position which was recently posted.  If no one internally wants the position then it can be opened up to the public.  The next Athletic meeting is scheduled for January 10th, at 6:00 p.m.

Transportation – No meeting date.

Building – The District recently purchased a snow blower, and it was being used a lot lately.  Anderson Roofing came and looked at the roof that was leaking water in the Elementary Library.  Because of winter, they said it would be best to wait until spring to do anything.

Enclosures:   Letter from Mrs. Marks, 5th grade teacher, requesting maternity leave in March.  She will be using her sick days.

 

Additional:   None

 

Closed Session:

 

Steve Richey, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to adjourn to closed session of the Paw Paw Community Unit School District at 7:55 P.M.

Motion passed unanimously by a voice vote.

 

Jason Penman, seconded by Becky Moorehead, made a motion to come out of closed session at 8:25 P.M.

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 6-0. 

 

Action Items:

 

David Lilja, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the adoption of Polices: 6:320, 7:20, 7:180, 7:190, and 7:285.

Motion passed by a roll call vote, 6-0.  

 

David Lilja, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the Principal’s contract. 

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 6-0.

 

David Lilja, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the Superintendent’s contract.

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 6-0.

 

David Lilja, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve Poms Coach resignation.

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 6-0.

 

David Lilja, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve Facebook Request.

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 6-0.

 

David Lilja, seconded by John Prentice, made a motion to approve the application for lighting.

Motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Adjournment:

 

Becky Moorehead, seconded by David Lilja, made a motion to adjourn the Regular Board Meeting of the Paw Paw Community Unit District #271, at 8:30 P.M.

Motion passed unanimously by a voice vote.